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Understanding Dyslexia Today: An Interview with Dr. Suzanne Carreker and Lee-Ann Tolfree Mertzlufft
Posted on Oct 5, 2021
  • Dr. Suzanne Carreker
  • Lee-Ann Tolfree Mertzlufft
Understanding Dyslexia Today: An Interview with Dr. Suzanne Carreker and Lee-Ann Tolfree Mertzlufft

Dyslexia, the most common learning disability, affects as much as 15% to 20% of the population. What exactly is this learning difference? How can educators better understand dyslexia? And how can we best meet the needs of students with dyslexia today?

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Screening for Dyslexia: Not a “One-and-Done” Event By Dr. Ruth Kaminski, Acadience Learning
Posted on Oct 5, 2021
  • Ruth Kaminski
Screening for Dyslexia: Not a “One-and-Done” Event By Dr. Ruth Kaminski, Acadience Learning

Reading disorders, including dyslexia, are an important issue meriting our attention. As of this writing, almost all 50 states have legislative rules and guidelines for identifying dyslexia (National Center on Improving Literacy). As someone who has spent over 30 years developing and researching assessments for the purpose of preventing reading disabilities, I believe it is time to reflect on what is known about screening and assessment and ask, “How does screening specifically for dyslexia differ from best practices in screening to prevent reading difficulties?”

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Elementary Literacy Intervention: What You Need to Know This School Year
Posted on Sep 23, 2021
  • Hannah Irion-Frake
Elementary Literacy Intervention: What You Need to Know This School Year

The simple view of reading states that reading comprehension is the product of word recognition and language comprehension. This simple, yet powerful, equation informs both my beginning-of-the-year assessments and the reading interventions I provide for my third-grade students. Since my end goal is reading comprehension, I need to assess and support my students in both their word-recognition skills and their language comprehension abilities

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Intensifying Literacy Instruction: COVID’s Silver Lining
Posted on Sep 14, 2021
  • Marilyn Sprick
Intensifying Literacy Instruction: COVID’s Silver Lining

During normal times, two groups of students have been at the heart of my literacy work. They are our fragile readers—fragile because they are young and just beginning to read, or fragile because they are older students who haven’t read well for years. As we navigate through these COVID years, we continue to hear messages of hope for these students.

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Reading Intervention in Elementary Grades
Posted on Sep 2, 2021
  • Voyager Sopris Learning
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  • Reading Intervention
  • Voyager Passport
Reading Intervention in Elementary Grades

As teachers face the prospect of more students struggling with reading, they will be looking for proven approaches to get them up to speed. The good news is that research shows almost all K–5 students who have difficulty learning to read can gain proficiency if they receive literacy intervention developed with evidence-based, research-validated teaching practices.

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Back to School: The Need for Independent Reading Practice
Posted on Aug 19, 2021
  • Hannah Irion-Frake
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  • Voyager Passport
Back to School: The Need for Independent Reading Practice

I have often heard third grade described as the year students shift from learning to read to reading to learn. And while there is accuracy to that statement, I have found that third grade feels more like the year we juggle between supporting students who are still learning to read and engaging those who are reading to learn.

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